Book Publishers Expand UK Pirate Site Blocking


Book publishers are the latest companies to add yet more sites to the UK's unofficial 'pirate' site black list. In recent days another 16 domains were added to the blocklists of ISPs such as BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, EE and TalkTalk following action by the Publishers Association. As ever, the aim is to make unauthorized content harder to find.

Megaupload Programmer Already Freed From U.S. Prison


Earlier this year Andrus Nomm, one of the Megaupload employees indicted by the United States, was sentenced to a year in prison. Having done a deal with U.S. authorities and testified against Kim Dotcom, just nine months later the Estonian is a now a free man. The true cost to…

No Pirate Bay Blockade in Sweden, Court Rules

After deliberating for almost a month the Stockholm District Court has decided that copyright holders can not force a Swedish ISP to block the The Pirate Bay. The Court found that Bredbandsbolaget's operations do not amount to participation in the copyright infringement offenses carried out by some of its 'pirate'…

Judge Worries That Piracy Lawsuits Will Flood Courts

The chief judge of an IP court in Finland has expressed concern that 'copyright-troll' piracy lawsuits will cause chaos if a law firm follows through with threats to sue hundreds of Internet users. Using the courts is the ultimate weapon to make alleged pirates settle but experts believe that copyright…

Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine

A software pirate is facing the most unusual punishment ever seen in a copyright infringement action. The man lost a case brought by an anti-piracy group but couldn't pay damages, so instead agreed to star in PSA showcasing his life as a pirate. If that film doesn't get 200K hits…

MPAA Wins $10.5 Million Piracy Damages From MovieTube

A group of major Hollywood studios have won a default judgment against the operators of MovieTube and several associated websites. The movie studios have been awarded a total of $10.5 million in statutory damages and control over a few dozen MovieTube domains, which were taken offline earlier this year.